It doesn't seem fair to compare a self-published cookbook to a professionally published one, so I don't want to draw comparisons between Orly Ziv's "Cook in Israel" to either my much beloved "Jerusalem" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, or Einat Admony's "Balaboosta." However, I gave Ziv a thumbs-up for having recipes that were much less fussy for those that want that. Despite a few issues with her recipes, I like the book overall.
Alix is a personal chef and freelance writer in the SF Bay Area. You can keep up with her writing and cooking here.